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John E. McGrady Jr.

May 4, 1932 — August 25, 2022

Bethel Park

John E. McGrady Jr.

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John E. McGrady, Jr., age 90, of Bethel Park, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, August 25, 2022. 

Beloved husband of the late Marlene McGrady (Rhodes) for 65years; loving father of Doreen Stratemeier (Paul), Kathleen Willard (Frank), John E. McGrady, III (Kathryn), Michael McGrady and the late Colleen McGrady; cherished grandfather of Todd, Michael, Andrew, Paul, Madeline, Ryan, Jennifer, Sean, Megan, Caitlin, Sarah, Grace and Frank; treasured great-grandfather of Aubree, Ethan and Conner; revered brother of Suzanne (Thomas) McConnell, Regis (Judith), Sr. Kathleen, S.C., James, Mary (late John) Conley, Margaret Edwards, Patricia, George (Karen), Roseanne, Eileen (Michael) Flinn, and the late Sr. Mercy (Ellen Jane), R.S.M., William (survived by Joyce) and Nancy McGrady; and admired cousin-in-law of William (late Judith) McGall. 

The oldest of 14 children born to John and Ellen (Cusack) McGrady, John learned early on the importance of honest hard work and commitment to family and community. A graduate of Central Catholic High School and the University of Pittsburgh, John dedicated 35+ years of his career to Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania, working to improve the availability and affordability of health insurance for all Western Pennsylvania residents.  

Throughout his lifetime, John's driving force was a desire to promote the welfare and well-being of individuals in need.  Over the past 60 years, his passion for helping others allowed him to serve on numerous committees and boards of non-profit and charitable organizations, including, among others, as a Director of the Western Pennsylvania Caring Foundation; Chairman of the Allegheny County Long Term Care Advisory Committee; a member of the Advisory Board of the Health Policy Institute; a Founding Member of the Southwestern PA Partnership for Aging; a Director of the St. Francis Medical Center; a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; a member, and former Chairman, of the Board of Lifework's Vocational Rehabilitation Center; a Director of Villa St. Joseph Extended Care Facility; and a fellow of the Institute of Politics of the University of Pittsburgh. John also continued to serve as a Director and Chairman of the Board of the Catholic Youth Association until his passing.

John was a thoughtful, kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed reading, walking, fishing and attending Out-of-the-Blue retiree luncheons.  Above all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation on Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE(412) 563-2800, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Valentine Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish, Monday, 10 a.m., 2710 Ohio Street, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Burial in the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 900 Washington Rd, Canonsburg, PA 15317. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601, https://scsh.org/, or the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh, 86 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, www.catholicyouthassociation.com.

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Visitation

Saturday, August 27, 2022

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

William Slater ll Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Visitation

Saturday, August 27, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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1650 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Visitation

Sunday, August 28, 2022

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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1650 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Visitation

Sunday, August 28, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

William Slater ll Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Mass

Monday, August 29, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Burial

Monday, August 29, 2022

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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